People Photography Photo Critique
by Jennifer Rye
Category: People Photography
Lens: Prime: Fixed focal l
Exposure time: 1/100 ,
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Children, puppies and kittens are great subjects for photographers. You have captured a nice moment here, Jennifer
Your perspective is nice, but the composition is a little off. I like that you have her in the right third of the frame, but would like to have had you back up just a bit and get all of her in the frame. Or, step in and crop it tighter.
Jennifer, shooting at 1.8 is very tricky and there is little room for forgiveness in your focus. You are sharpest on her collar (on the right side) and her face is a little soft. When focusing, try to put the focus point on the subject's eye closest to you and let the rest fall where it may.
Your exposure is OK. It makes the subject pop against the darker background. I also like the shallow DOF you got by shooting wide open.
The sepia-toning of the photo is nice, gives it an almost antique look. Well done.
Jennifer, you have a nice moment here. That's what having a camera is all about! I hope the critique and following suggestions will help you to continue to improve on hour pictures.
How to improve your photo
FOCUS: As mentioned above, watch where you put your focus point when you are using a very shallow DOF. You should aim for the eye closest to you for the sharpest focus. This is tricky and takes some practice, but is a wonderful technique for people photography.
EXPOSURE: I said your exposure is OK meaning that it is technically correct. Try to lower the value of the skin-tones just a bit in your post-processing and perhaps add a very slight vignette. This will produce a nice, dramatic look to the image.
PROFILES: Profiles can make a nice portrait on the right subject. You have one here. If you crop in a little tighter --- just below the first row of dots -- it really emphasizes that little curl of hair on her forehead.
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